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PREP BASKETBALL: South Medford tops Tennessee team in PIL

PORTLAND — In a tale of two halves, South Medford built a big lead, lost much of it, then pulled away again to win its first game in the PIL Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament at Franklin High Friday.

The Panthers, 7-2 and ranked second in Oregon Class 6A, defeated White County, Tennessee, 65-48, in the Diamond Bracket. White County is ranked third in Tennessee among big schools and dropped to 7-2.

South Medford got off to an 8-0 start on back-to-back 3-pointers by Bella Pedrojetti and led 43-23 at halftime.

“We started the second half with a 20-point margin, but we got in foul trouble and they were in the double bonus,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole. “We weren’t getting stops and couldn’t get any rhythm. They basically got back into the game.”

White County closed to within eight points with 6:22 left, but the Panthers responded.

Reserve guard Bella Stone made consecutive 3s, then after a defensive stop, Pedrojetti drained another to push the lead to 17.

“We were lucky to respond,” said Cole, “because we had really lost some momentum, and they were hitting some big shots. That was really the game right there.”

Pedrojetti scored 20 points, making 4 of 7 from behind the arc, and Stone was 3 of 3 for all of her nine points.

South Medford outrebounded White County, 36-33, with Kaili Chamberlin grabbing eight and Toni Coleman and Shakia Teague-Perry each getting five.

Sierra Logue scored a season-high 13 points for the Panthers. She was 7 of 8 on free throws as South Medford made 14 of 16 at the line, and she added four assists.

Coleman had four assists and Stone three steals.

“It was a good win for us, no question,” said Cole. “We’re still learning. We had way too many turnovers, and that’s got to change in order for us to beat good teams.”

The Panthers had 16 turnovers to White County’s 18.

South Medford will play the winner between Southridge and West Linn — the two teams that defeated the Panthers at the state tournament last year — in the semfinals at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Southridge won in the 2019 quarterfinals, 48-29, before losing the title game to Benson. West Linn downed the Panthers in the consolation semis, 65-58 in overtime.

SOUTH MEDFORD (65): Coleman 2, E. Schmerbach 3, Pedrojetti 20, Logue 13, Coley 8, Chamberlin 2, Dillard 0, Dahlin 0, Stone 9, Teague-Perry 6, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 2. Totals: 22-52 14-16 65.

WHITE COUNTY (48): Dodgen 9, Ka. Reeves 1, Ke. Reeves 8, Murray 15, Curtis 11, Quick 0, Parker 0, Lane 0, Stiles 4. Totals: 15-52 13-16 48.

South Medford2419913— 65

White County1310187— 48

3-point goals — South Medford 7 (Pedrojetti 4, Stone 3), White County 5 (Dodgen 1, Ke. Reeves 2, Murray 2).

NORTH MEDFORD 48, LOS BANOS 34: at Concord, Calif., Jane Ersepke scored 15 points as North Medford won in the first round of the Sapphire Bracket in the West Coast Jamboree at Northgate High.

The Black Tornado plays Northgate at 4 p.m. today in the semifinals.

Jazmyne Wells added 14 points and Savannah Weaver nine for the North.

GRANTS PASS 43, RIDGEVIEW 39: Emily Rund had a game-high 19 points to lead Grants Pass past 5A Ridgeview in the first round of the Summit Tournament.

Grants Pass went 10-for-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, with Rund hitting four, to seal the win. Camdyn Bruner had seven points for the 5-5 Cavers, who will play 5A Putnam today.

The Ravens fell to 3-5.

GRANTS PASS (43): Medley 4, Lopez 2, Rucker 5, Mock 2, Rund 19, C. Bruner 7, Teagle 4. Totals: 12 17-32 43.

RIDGEVIEW (39): Jensen 3, Sargent 9, Martin 5, Gates 0, Albrecht 8, Pentzer 11, Davis 2, Clark 1. Totals: 12 13-23 39.

Grants Pass591415— 43

Ridgeview831315— 39

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Medley 1, Rund 1), Ridegeview 2 (Sargent); Fouled out — Martin.


GRANTS PASS 64, CROOK COUNTY 53: At Bend, Grants Pass used a blazing start and 10 3-pointers to derail Crook County at the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest at Summit High School.

Justin Farris poured in 14 points to go with three treys and Cade Anderson added 13 points for the Cavemen (6-3), who also got three long range baskets from Kienan Alderson.

The Cavemen outscored the Cowboys 26-9 in the opening quarter.

CROOK COUNTY (53): Nunez 0, Ramirez 5, Arnold 8, Smith 4, Grayden 4, J. Sanchez 3, K. Sanchez 18, Lowenbach 11. Totals: 21 3-3 53.

GRANTS PASS (64): Alderson 9, Maravilla 0, Dixon 4, Farris 14, Huddleston 0, Coyle 3, C. Anderson 13, Ealy 7, T. Anderson 6, Law 8. Totals: 21 12-20 64.

Crook County9171116— 53

Grants Pass2612188— 64

3-point goals — Crook County 8 (K. Sanchez 4, Lowenbach 2, Ramirez 1, J. Sanchez 1), Grants Pass 10 (Alderson 3, Farris 3, Law 2, C. Anderson 1, Ealy 1); Fouled out — J. Sanchez.

JEFFERSON 76, CRATER 58: At Hillsboro, Jefferson, the state’s No. 2-ranked 6A team, pulled away in the second quarter and defeated Crater, the No. 3 5A team, in the quarterfinals of the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High.

The Comets (4-2) face Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), a 62-59 loser to Eastside Catholic (Seattle), in a consolation game today at 5:30 p.m.

Crater was held to 30.5 percent field goal shooting (18 of 59). It had only eight turnovers, but was outrebounded 47-30.

The Comets’ Nate Bittle had 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks but was only 5 of 17 from the field. Kruger Edwards scored 15 points and Hunter Chubb 12. Jayden Vranes had seven assists and three steals to go with five points.

Marquis Cook, a highly touted freshman, scored 26 points to lead Jefferson (5-2).

CRATER (58): J. Vranes 5, Ray 2, Chubb 12, Edwards 15, Bittle 16, C. Vranes 8, Eaton 0, Grant 0. Totals: 18-59 17-26 58.

JEFFERSON (76): Hall 5, Cook 26, Rawlins-Kibonge 10, Robinson 10, Washington 16, Anderson 1, Williams 3, Adams 5. Totals: 27-56 18-25 78.

Crater12111916— 58

Jefferson14232217— 76

3-point goals — Crater 5 (Chubb 2, Bittle 1, C. Vranes 2), Jefferson 4 (Cook 1, Robinson 1, Williams 1, Adams 1. Fouled out — Robinson.